2015 Maserati Yacht Racing

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Maserati and Giovanni Soldini Plan a 2015 Season Full of Challenges and Prestigious Races Starting with the RORC Caribbean 600 Race and ending the year with the Rolex Sydney-Hobart Yacht Race

2015 promises to be a year packed with tough, ambitious sporting challenges for Maserati and Giovanni Soldini as they prepare to compete in prestige races and embark on new ocean record attempts.

After two years and 60,000 miles of sea, the equivalent of two trips around the world, Maserati has re-emerged following two months in the yard for specialist maintenance work, and is ready and eager to get back on the water.

Maserati's first event of 2015 is the RORC Caribbean 600 Race, which casts off on February 23rd from Antigua. Organized by the Royal Ocean Racing Club in collaboration with the Antigua Yacht Club, this is the seventh edition of the longest and most important race of the Caribbean season. The 605-mile route winds its way north from Antigua, passing Barbuda, the Nevis Islands, Saba and St. Barth to starboard, then around St. Martin and on down to Guadeloupe before snaking back to Antigua.

2015 Maserati Boating

Aside from Soldini (skipper), Maserati will have a 10 determined and expert crew aboard: Italians Guido Broggi (boat captain), Corrado Rossignoli (first bowman), Andrea Fantini (pitman), Francesco Malingri (media) and John Elkann (tailer and boat owner); German Boris Herrmann (navigator) ; Spaniard Oliver Herrera Perez (second bowman); Frenchman Gwen Riou, Monegasque Pierre Casiraghi and Swede Andreas Axelsson (all tailers).

In May, Maserati is scheduled to attempt to break the San Francisco-Shanghai record, which retraces the 7,000-mile route across the Pacific Ocean plied by the legendary clippers in the mid-19th century. In 1853, Swordfish, built two years before and under the command of Captain Charles Collins, established herself as the fastest ever clipper, covering the route in 32 days and 9 hours, thereby slashing two days off the record previously held by Romance of the Sea.

Lastly, as the year draws to a close, Giovanni Soldini and the Maserati team will be tackling one of the world's most famous and challenging events, the Rolex Sydney-Hobart Yacht Race, a punishing 628-nautical mile gallop in extreme conditions where some of the world's top boats do battle for this coveted trophy. Staged by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia and the Royal Club of Tasmania, the race was first held in 1945 when just nine competitors lined up at the start. In last year's 70th edition there were no less 117 boats, 93 of which made it all the way to Hobart. The current race record belongs to the Australian yacht Wild Oats XI owned by Bob Oately, (winner of eight of the last 10 editions, 2014 included), which in 2012 sprinted the distance between Sydney and Hobart in 1 day, 18 hours, 23 seconds and 12 hundredths of a second. There have been some truly grueling editions of the race, including in 1998 when an exceptionally severe storm sank five boats and six lives were lost. That year, of the 115 yachts that began the race, only 44 reached Hobart.

2015 Maserati Boating

For the latest news on Giovanni Soldini's Maserati sports results, quotes, interviews with the crew and snippets of sailing life visit http://www.maserati.com/MaseratiSoldini You can also join over 5 million Maserati followers across the globe and get the Maserati VOR70 updates on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google+ and Instagram with the hashtag #MaseratiSoldini.

The challenge is sponsored by the main partner, Maserati, after which the yacht is named, and by co-sponsors Swiss bank BSI and Unipol SAI Assicuraizoni.

The official suppliers to the challenge are Z Zegna (clothing), Vodafone Italia (telecommunication services and official website development) and Boero Bartolomeo S.p.A. (specialist hull paints and enamels).

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